Grace Dieu

    Getting There

    Access is along the A512, just outside the village of Thringstone. look for the Bull's Head pub (SK430180) which is the "official" car park for the priory ruins.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 307


    The area around the ruins of Grace Dieu Priory are very varied and offer rich and diverse habitats for wildlife. Meadows, ponds, streams, a disused quarry and extensive woodland present a fascinating landscape which has revealed many surprising plants and animals. The area is now managed as public open space (except the old quarry) and there is no charge for entry.

    Wildlife Highlights

    A recent in-depth survey by Loughborough Naturalists has revealed over 3,000 species so far, with more yet to be identified.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo15/04/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa27/04/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes18/03/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFormica lemani24/06/1988
    BeetlesAcrotrichis rosskotheni20/07/2011
    BeetlesAleochara bipustulata03/05/2008
    BeetlesAlosterna tabacicolor06/06/2008
    BeetlesBarynotus moerens03/05/2008
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata12/05/2009
    BeetlesCantharis decipiens06/06/2008
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans12/05/2009
    BeetlesCantharis pellucida12/05/2009
    BeetlesCantharis rustica06/06/2008
    BeetlesElaphrus cupreus27/04/2011
    BeetlesGalerucella sagittariae06/06/2008
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula04/05/2008
    BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis06/06/2008
    BeetlesIlybius ater25/06/2018
    BeetlesBlack-clouded Longhorn BeetleLeiopus nebulosus agg.23/06/2011
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus06/06/2008
    BeetlesNebria brevicollis12/05/2009
    BeetlesOedemera lurida06/06/2008
    BeetlesOphonus rufibarbis12/05/2009
    BeetlesPhilonthus laminatus12/05/2009
    BeetlesNettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus12/05/2009
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis06/06/2008
    BeetlesRhagium mordax20/05/2011
    BeetlesRhinoceros BeetleSinodendron cylindricum06/04/2010
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus25/01/2017
    BirdsSwiftApus apus07/08/2018